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1938 Hurricane, The Yankee Clipper

New England Hurricane, 1938

The New England Hurricane of 1938 made landfall on Long Island as a Category 3 storm, on September 21st.

Over 600 people lost their lives.

More than 50,000 homes were severely damaged or destroyed.  50,000.

Today our warning systems are miles better than what used to be.

And yet, disaster is always local.  If you lose your home, at any time, it's as bad for you as if thousands of others did too.

All of us want power restored ASAP.  I know that was my desire.  Still, for most of us, we are far better off than anyone was only about 80 years ago. 

 

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thomas beaudin November 07, 2012 at 02:07 PM
How could you even compare the two storms.First of all Sandy winds here were only a minor to moderate tropical storm(tropical storm=sustained winds of 35-73mph).The storm of 38 was a cat 3 storm(sustained winds=111 &129mph).Sandy greatest winds were around 80mph in New Jersey,not here.
megmcg November 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
It's only natural to compare the worst storm in our history ('38) with the worst storm(s) of our time. The differences are important, there was no warning whatsoever in '38. People were blindsided. We got warnings about Sandy 9 days out. The Yankee Clipper also moved extremely fast, racing up the coast and out at 55 mph. Irene and Sandy crawled at 9-13 mph, making the storm surge and flood significantly worse. We have so much more pavement than in '38, there's a lot less places for the ground to absorb water. When we do get '38 CAT 3 winds along with Irene/Sandy flooding it will be the lessons we are learning now that will see us through. To compare is to help us prepare.
Bill Keane November 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Please be it noted, the question, as posted: "1938 Hurricane Worse Than Sandy?" wasn't mine. A Patch editor did that. "Worse" can be defined meteriologically, or socially/emotionally. I made reference to an historically major storm that had a huge impact on Branford, noting the differences in present day warning capability, and saying that today we are far better off than people were 80 years ago. Indeed, we are. In general, I believe history affords valuable perspective. Still, we also need to be aware that if a life was lost or a home destroyed, then for the family involved, it feels as bad as a Category 5, with all the attendent damage.

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